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Q&A: Cause and effect relationships between UTIs and catheters

Q: I have a patient with a UTI with pyuria and an elevated WBC count. There’s also recurrent plugging of the urine catheter secondary to sediment. I know the term “with” can link two diagnoses, but that it does not represent a cause-and-effect relationship. Is a query needed in this particular case to link the UTI and Foley catheter?

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